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Barber's 'Adagio' Is Not The Saddest Music In The World : NPR
"What we're finding in our own work," she says, "is that the sort of story you hear in any particular excerpt of music says a lot about your background and the cultural world you had coming into that experience."
music  classical  classicalmusic  september11  dance  pop  history  aesthetics  story  culture 
5 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
Steve Reich revisits tragedy with 'WTC 9/11'
The three-movement piece opens with a violin drone in F, the note a phone makes when left off the hook. The strings then amplify recorded voices, edited to evocative sentences. They include the voice of the first ambulance driver to arrive at the World Trade Center and an air traffic controller who rhythmically utters, "No contact with the pilot, no contact with the pilot whatsoever."

Reich acquired the voices of emergency officials from public-domain sources. He also made recordings of those who lived near the World Trade Center, including his son's neighbor, who eerily states in the piece, "Suddenly it was black outside."
classicalmusic  classical  music  songwriting  wtc  september11  nyc 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Aaron Novik's Floating World | Music | Oakland, Berkeley & the Bay Area
Novik sees Adobe Bookshop as part of the album's genesis. It is, after all, one of the only places where Swan can stand outside all day and hand out leaflets that promote drug legalization, and talk about pigeon feeding as though it were a sanctified act. Novik bemoaned the store's current financial woes, which are more a function of the digital age and the bad economy than a decline in customer loyalty. A guy at a nearby table overheard.

"In '89, I used to live in the back of Adobe," the stranger said, sauntering over to Novik's table. He was dressed like a highly literate hobo, with thick glasses and a page-boy haircut. He started waxing nostalgic. "It's one of the last places that just is some sweet old coot with his style of business," the man said. "It's not maximized for anything." He paused a beat. "It's like San Francisco is so transitory, and then he's got this old-style, bohemian, urban thing. And that's all been bred out of San Francisco pretty solidly."
music  classicalmusic  classical  art  creativity  missiondistrict  sanfrancisco 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
At 25, Turtle Island Quartet turns back to Hendrix
"Sometimes you want to take a piece and really reinvent it. But this is music that I loved as a kid, and it was holy ground to me. I didn't want to undo it, I wanted to just be it. Hendrix was layering lines on top of each other, overdubbing them into a soundscape. It was perfect for a string quartet."
classical  classicalmusic  jazz  livemusic  sanfrancisco  rock  music  songwriting  beauty 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Henryk Gorecki, Polish Composer of Hit Symphony, Dies at 76 -
“I think about my audience, but I am not writing for them. If I were thinking of my audience and one likes this, one likes that, one likes another thing, I would never know what to write. Let every listener choose that which interests him. I have nothing against one person liking Mozart or Shostakovich or Leonard Bernstein, but doesn’t like Gorecki. That’s fine with me. I, too, like certain things.”
attention  identity  creativity  aesthetics  classical  music  classicalmusic 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Musopen Wants to Give Classical Music to the Public Domain | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Museopen is looking to solve a difficult problem: while symphonies written by Beethoven, Brahms, Sibelius, and Tchaikovsky are in the public domain, many modern arrangements and sound recordings of those works are copyrighted. That means that even after purchasing a CD or collection of MP3s of this music, you may not be able to freely exercise all the rights you'd associate with works in the public domain, like sharing the music using a peer-to-peer network or using the music in a film project.
classical  classicalmusic  music  opensource  creativecommons 
august 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Selling Sex And Symphonies: The Image Of Women In Classical Music : NPR
Do these images reflect what you see in the record stores for classical music? How do they compare to the album covers you see for male performers, if at all? Do these representations spill over into the concert-hall performances that you attend?
classical  classicalmusic  music  marketing  women  beauty  power  feminism  business 
august 2010 by allaboutgeorge
New Music’s Tireless Advocate - The Bay Citizen
“I talked to composers because I was trying to understand the Bay Area new music scene, and they began asking me to perform their music,” said Cahill, whose composer friends at that time included Larry Polansky, Evan Ziporyn, Amirkhanian and Adams. “Premiering these pieces gave me a feeling that I never had while playing Beethoven and Brahms. I felt like I was introducing something new.”
classical  classicalmusic  newmusic  oakland  baycitizen  nytimes  art  bayarea  music  livemusic 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Sting's classical effect -
"I can't imagine a more conservative music than rock 'n' roll," he said. "It's tyranny in the backbeat. It's 4/4 time. It's the same three chords 'round and 'round. It's almost like a fundamentalist religion. Stravinsky is more rebellious than rock 'n' roll by far. Rock 'n' roll has become like a dead art."

The criticism Sting's endured over his long career for weaving jazz or Algerian music into rock has only inspired him. "People want to keep you in the box they've given you," he said. "It's a tribal consciousness. Stay in your class. Stay in your country. Because if you move you're trouble. But the fact is, that volatile molecule is the one that transforms everything for the better. So I think it's always worth doing."
music  songwriting  classical  classicalmusic  livemusic  rock 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The Accidental Music Lesson - Opinionator Blog -
Once, at my last piano lesson before heading off for vacation, I asked Mrs. Kutzen what her plans were for the summer. Her reply: “Michael, musicians don’t take vacations.” I filed this line away in a special part of my brain, an informal collection of “accidental music lessons.” My interpretation of Mrs. Kutzen’s words has changed through the years, like a Talmudic discourse that is argued from different points of view:

1. Musicians just don’t ever feel quite right going an extended period of time without playing their instrument.

2. Music isn’t a job that you punch in and out of. It’s an obsession, a calling and your purpose in life.

3. Musicians don’t make a lot of money and you’re not going to be able to afford a vacation anyway.
music  teaching  classical  classicalmusic  learning  education  miami  nytimes  nyc 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Rebel Music - Opinionator Blog -
When I am composing, I try to return to that time and place of inexperience when I was knocked sideways by dangerous sounds. Why else write? Why else listen?
music  classicalmusic  nytimes  songwriting  beauty  creativity 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Bruce Lundvall, Chairman Emeritus at Blue Note Records | Cultural Conversation by Ashley Kahn -
"When I was a kid, I was a jazz fan and a terrible saxophone player. But I was also an R&B fan—and pop-music fan to some degree. Everything about music attracted me."
music  business  jazz  classical  classicalmusic  art  livemusic 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The key to his genius - Books, Canada -
One can speculate endlessly about the causes of Gould’s late-career breakdown; everything from the recent death of his perfectionist mother to the routine pressures of middle age has been cited. And it is surely the case that his hypochondria, combined with the cycles of self-medication, anxiety, and (importantly) the means to indulge these, created its own toxic energy. But I think the simplest explanation is both the best and the most frightening. Gould was caught in a control freak’s nightmare. Even as he struggled to fix something he felt was broken, he was attacked by new waves of misgiving about whether the steps he was taking to solution were actually making the problem worse. Not only was his playing stalled by thought—in other words, he had become the centipede—but, far worse, the thought itself had become stalled, recursive and self-negating at every moment. This is the energy of consciousness bent back upon its bearer.
music  philosophy  behavior  thinking  health  psychology  classical  classicalmusic  canada  books 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge Is this young man the 'savior' of the organ?
"I definitely push things, but I argue that they are pushed artistically. I want to re-evaluate what can be played on the organ, everything from Bach to Liszt to Leonard Cohen. If my playing of Liszt's 'Mephisto Waltz' on the organ damages it in your mind, you must not think so much of Liszt to think he wrote something so fragile."
music  religion  spirituality  aesthetics  classical  classicalmusic 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Even a Radiohead fan can appreciate Mozart - The Boston Globe
So don’t treat classical music as a once-a-year excuse to dress up and get a nice dinner. It is music. It’s meant to be loved by the young, hormone-crazed masses, loved the very same way we love Radiohead and the Arcade Fire. It should lie at the center of everyday life, spark our wildest conversations and profoundest thoughts, be the soundtrack to falling in love. There’s a galaxy of music in our city that needs our love, and I know we’ve got it in us.
classical  music  classicalmusic  ritual  boston  beauty  rock  education 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
It’s About the Journalism: Think Tank: Online Only: The New Yorker
Professional journalism as we know it—independent investigations on behalf of the public; impartial witnessing of terrible events at home and abroad; independent foreign correspondence designed for American audiences and to address American interests; reporting on powerful institutions without fear or favor, and with a sense of fairness; the clarification of complexity—all of this is as much an accident of history as the symphonic music and opera patronized by the great European courts of the late eighteenth century.
classical  classicalmusic  music  journalism  media  public  newspapers  newyorker  usa  writing  identity  history  reading 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
A Glass act: A 'monument to minimalism' gets its West Coast premiere - Inside Bay Area
Each listener will have his or her own images and impressions. But when I listen to "Part I" of Glass's piece, I hear a warm and gently psychedelic lushness that reminds me of Reich's glowingly beautiful "Music for 18 Musicians," composed between 1974-76. I also am reminded of something very different — the hit song "Everybody Loves the Sunshine" by Roy Ayers Ubiquity, from 1976. It's those warm pulsing keyboards. It's the feel of it, the feel of the times.
minimalism  classical  music  classicalmusic  sanfrancisco 
february 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Michael Nyman: I spy with my musical eye - Times Online
"Again, I had one of those eureka moments that I have as a film-maker but don't necessarily have as a composer. I thought what we should do is to remove the speech - remove my answer to the questions, because I don't like the sound of my own voice and I'm fed up giving the same answers to the same old questions year in year out - and the hesitation would trigger a piece of music."
film  uk  classical  classicalmusic  creativity  music  cinema  art  speech 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Blog: It's time for pop and classical to join forces | John Cale
Musical training used to fuel the fires of condescension (from both sides) and genre was to be worn like a badge of authenticity; "I am rock, you are classical and never the twain shall meet". Personally, I am looking forward to a future characterised by unclassifiable, adaptable musicians, for whom style and training are mere tools. We all need their open ears and skill to reflect our varied, vibrant age.
rock  classical  music  classicalmusic  uk  identity 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Young conductor, old soul, eh? | Philadelphia Inquirer | 12/11/2008
"I learned there how to breath. You realize the importance of the body language, how every gesture you make has a very subconscious effect on the singing and playing. It's more immediate with singing. I always remember this. I'm completely unaware of what I do. I apparently sweat a lot. But breathing is very important for me, and something I try to bring when I make music with orchestra."
classical  music  classicalmusic 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The many moods of John Adams. - By Nathan Heller - Slate Magazine
"What classical music is—and what, if anything, that distinction preserves—gets even fuzzier in an age of high-concept rock and avant-garde jazz. What does a classical composer do?"
classical  classicalmusic  music  creativity  rock  jazz  aesthetics  identity 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Laura Barton takes a sceptical look at opera | Music | The Guardian
"I am, surely, exactly the sort of person they are trying to tempt. I spend much of my time listening to music and attending gigs. I will happily spend vast sums on festivals. Yet classical music has always seemed a cold and distant land, set far away across a sea of elitism."
classical  classicalmusic  music  uk  aesthetics  culture  opera 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Five First Steps Toward an Exploration of Classical Music | 1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die
"The great composer Igor Stravinsky once wrote that 'the trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music. They should be taught to love it instead.' [...]"
music  classical  classicalmusic  beauty  aesthetics  reviews 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
WNYC - Concerts from the Frick Collection: Harmonie Universelle (April 19, 2008)
"Comprised of musicians from both Europe and the Americas, Harmonie Universelle takes a fresh approach to the sound of 17th and 18th century music, described as 'simultaneously sensual and seductive, sensitive and homogeneous' by Diapason magazine."
classical  music  classicalmusic  nyc  europe 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
National Post: The ear wants what it wants
"Only people are more diverse than music. If you're listening to a (sic) Hayden string quartet and the Ramones pop into your head, or if Berlioz brings to mind Bhangra music, that's you hearing your way. And you're better for it."
music  rock  classical  classicalmusic  aesthetics  beauty 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: When Histrionics Undermine the Music and the Pianist
"It’s another reason classical music is not reaching more young people: not because of how it sounds, but because of how it looks. Even worse, lugubrious gymnastics like these advertise the feelings of performers, not of Beethoven or Schumann."
piano  music  classical  classicalmusic  creativity  aesthetics  beauty  marketing 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork Forkcast: New Music: The Wordless Music Orchestra: "Popcorn Superhet Receiver" (composed by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood)
"In a recent performance recorded live at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York, Brad Lubman conducts the Wordless Music Orchestra for the U.S. debut of Popcorn Superhet Receiver."
pitchfork  classical  classicalmusic  music  nyc 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Drugs to build up that mental muscle - Los Angeles Times
"Just think what it would do to anybody's career in about any area. There are not too many occupations where it's really good to be dumb."
brain  drugs  health  music  marketing  science  classical  classicalmusic  games  athletes 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
‘Ode to Joy,’ Followed by Chaos and Despair - New York Times
"I think my fellow Europeans should spare a thought for all those who cannot rejoice with us, all those who are forced to 'steal weeping away.'"
classical  classicalmusic  music  identity  europe  politics  germany  aesthetics  turkey 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise: Worldwide Atonality Day
"Michael Jolkovski proposes that World Atonality Day also be called the Day of A-tonement (groan)."
books  classical  music  classicalmusic  songwriting  aesthetics  beauty 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Pandora celebrates classical music
The personalized music service (and Bose) invited local users to The Regency Center,1290 Sutter Stre
pandora  jubilate  orchestra  bose  classical  music  classicalmusic  regency  vannessavenue  sutterstreet 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Pandora celebrates classical music
The personalized music service (and Bose) invited local users to The Regency Center, 1290 Sutter Str
pandora  bose  jubilate  orchestra  jens  lindemann  music  classical  classicalmusic  sutterstreet  vannessavenue  sanfrancisco  california 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Pandora celebrates classical music
The personalized music service (and Bose) invited local users to The Regency Center,1290 Sutter Stre
pandora  bose  classical  classicalmusic  music  regency  sutterstreet  vannessavenue  sanfrancisco  california 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge

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